Early last week I had a great conversation with my friend Sean. He was sensing some stress, fear, and pressure within me and asked me about it. At first, I was not all that open to the conversation – feeling a little judged and defensive (which for me is usually a sign someone has touched on something I really should listen to).
The essence of Sean’s feedback was that I did not seem to be enjoying all of the wonderful things happening in my life and my business right now. He felt that I was “pushing” to get everything done, instead of trusting that it would all work out and celebrating all that was going on. Ironically, his feedback is at the heart of my work. As they say, we often teach best what we most need to learn.
The morning after Sean and I had that conversation, I was listening to the audio version of Wayne Dyer’s book, Inspiration: Your Ultimate Calling. In this program, Wayne says that our goal in life is to be “inspired” as often as possible. His definition for inspiration is to be “IN SPIRIT,” (connected to God/Spirit). As I listened to the program and thought about my conversation with Sean and his accurate assessment of how I had been feeling and acting recently, it hit me…I had been operating as if I were all alone.
Even though I have a beautiful, loving wife, an amazing little girl, family and friends who love me, clients whom I enjoy working with, and a relationship with God that is very important to me, I often feel as though it is all up to me to get the important things done in my life, especially my work. While there is some truth to this, especially due to the fact that I have set up my business as a “one-man-show,” I was forgetting about God/The Universe. Sean and Wayne both reminded me that the more I tap into my connection with God and the Universe, the more fun I will have, the easier it will be to do the things I am doing, and the less pressure and stress I will feel.
From Wednesday morning on, I have felt totally different. There is a lightness, a spirit, and a calm within me that I have not felt in a few months. Something subtle shifted, but it has been profound. As I have seen with this type of shift (in me and others) in the past, of course some wonderful things have been showing up around me – people, opportunities, and more.
I imagine you can relate to feeling stressed, pressured, or worried. I also imagine you have times in your life where you feel all alone or disconnected from God/Spirit. God is not an abstraction, a theory, or some old man in the sky who decides (like Santa Clause) if we have been good or bad. God is a universal force and energy that flows through us, around us, and everywhere. We are all pieces of God and we can tap into the energy and spirit of God at a moments notice.
When we think, as I sometimes do, that what happens is all up to us and that we have to do it all ourselves, we are forgetting who we really are – spiritual beings having a human experience (to use an overused expression).
What can you do today to remind yourself that you are not alone? What can you do to be “IN SPIRIT?” We all have things we do, practices, or people who help get us more connected to our hearts, to our passions, and to our spirits. I encourage you to surround yourself with people, things, and situations that will allow you to be in spirit as much as possible – today and everyday. Take some quiet time, meditate, pray, go for a walk, connect with your family, or do anything else that brings spirit into your life and love into your heart. When we do this, we remember that we are not alone and that our lives are guided and supported in a beautiful and spiritual way.
With Love and Peace,